hor·​rif·​ic | \ hȯ-ˈri-fik How to pronounce horrific (audio) , hä-\

Definition of horrific

: having the power to horrify a horrific account of the tragedy

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horrifically \ hȯ-​ˈri-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce horrifically (audio) , hä-​ \ adverb

Examples of horrific in a Sentence

horrific images of torture that shocked the conscience of the world

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William was asked by the prime minister of New Zealand to come to the country in the wake of the horrific Christchurch mosque shootings of only a few weeks ago. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Why Prince William May Miss Meghan Markle and Harry's Baby's Birth," 31 Mar. 2019 New Zealand’s gun laws will be changed in the wake of the horrific shooting at Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "New Zealand Lawmakers Are Changing Gun Laws in Response to the Christchurch Mosque Attacks," 18 Mar. 2019 Drought and horrific wildfires have again given way to catastrophic storms and flooding. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "California’s Weather Cycles," 3 Mar. 2019 Last week’s horrific, unprecedented, unexpected terrorist attack was obviously the catalyst for our reform, but reform wasn’t a given. Zac Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "New Zealand Banned Guns After Thoughts and Prayers. Why Can’t America?," 23 Mar. 2019 While he is accused of the most horrific and obscene acts imaginable? Orrin Hatch, WSJ, "Brett Kavanaugh’s Righteous Anger," 2 Oct. 2018 As September comes to a close and fall kicks into high gear, one spooky, horrific holiday is on the horizon: Halloween. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Is Adding New Halloween Horror Movies and TV Shows in October," 24 Sep. 2018 During the final days of World War II, the Huntress — a Nazi — commits horrific acts before fleeing to America. Angela Haupt, The Seattle Times, "The 10 books to read in 2019 based on what you loved in 2018," 7 Jan. 2019 But traces of the horrific clashes between the Turkish army and insurgents of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which claimed thousands of lives nationwide in 2015 and 2016, are easy to find. The Economist, "A jailed Kurdish leader could sway Turkey's elections," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of horrific

1653, in the meaning defined above

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22 Apr 2019

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The first known use of horrific was in 1653

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English Language Learners Definition of horrific

: causing horror or shock

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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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